Seamus Coleman was named man of the match in last night’s much anticipated friendly with England at Wembly. The game was part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations.
There was a lot of focus on potential crowd trouble ahead of the game. When the two sides last met 18 years ago the match had to be abandoned when a section of English supporters began rioting.
However the meeting last night was an amicable affair, ending in a 1-1 draw.
13 minutes in, Ireland were first to score. After an inch-perfect cross from Seamus Coleman, Shane Long headed the ball past Joe Hart into the corner of the net.
Ireland held the lead for 10 minutes but Frank Lampart was on hand to capitalise on an error from Sean St Ledger. His equaliser was the last score of the game.
Nevertheless the Irish defence had to be fully alert and worked hard to stop England taking the lead. Coleman’s man of the match award was well earned.
The Killybegs man said he enjoyed the occassion and thought Ireland played 'some lovely football.'
Trapattoni’s men will play Georgia on Sunday in another friendly. Then its down to the serious business of the World Cup qualifiers. Ireland will be hoping to take all three point when they take on the Faroe Islands on Friday week.All rights reserved. The copy right of this material is protected and any unauthorised re production through re framing or other means is strictly prohibited.
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